LOOMIS, CA (MPG) - Consistent with the mission of Soroptimist International (SI) to “transform the lives and status of women and girls through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities,” the SI Loomis Basin (SILB) club presented grants and awards on February 20 to support education, especially for women and girls. The club distributed nearly $10,000 in scholarships, teacher grants and support for the Senior L.I.F.E center.
The Ruby Award for Women Helping Women recognized Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Associate Dean, Workforce Innovation, Sierra College for “improving the lives of women through her professional activities.” Through the CCC Maker initiative, she has created an inclusive statewide makerspace model to prepare all students for innovative, entrepreneurial and non-traditional careers. Pepper-Kittredge also previously led the Sierra Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Consortium, according to Gregg Ramseth, Technology & Assessment, Placer Union High School District (PUHSD). “Carol and her team were instrumental in pivoting Placer Union's perspective and outreach, helping us design inclusive programs that build confidence in young women as makers, entrepreneurs, problem-solvers and innovators,” said Ramseth. The club provided funds for Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College makerspace scholarships for women.
The SI Live Your Dream Award celebrates women who have overcome poverty, divorce, domestic violence and other life challenges through education. Ashley Volkerts received a $3000 scholarship to continue pursuing her associate degree in Counseling at Intercoast College. According to her references, “she has overcame a multitude of obstacles in her personal life, and maintains a beyond amazing attitude, while caring for her son,” and “she is learning how to take care of herself as a single parent. Education is the key to her future. She sees that, and it is her driving force.”
The Loomis Soroptimist Community Service Award of $1000 was given to Jianna Domingo, a Del Oro student who volunteers with Stand Up Placer, a private nonprofit that provides support to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Domingo explained that she renovated a play room in the Stand Up Placer safe house. “I hope that this room allows for the mother-child relationship to be nurtured,” said Domingo. The PUHSD also chose Domingo to be an inaugural student board member. She hopes to go into the field of education, work internationally and empower others to fight against injustice and overcome oppression.
Since 1978, the Senior L.I.F.E. Center of Loomis has provided social and educational activities for seniors. SILB was instrumental in establishing the program and continues to support it through this grant that was accepted by directors, Acsa and Fred Hitchen. In addition to classes, the program offers nutritious lunches for participants.
To support education in the region, the club provides Teacher Grants to help instructors fund special projects that will have lasting impact on students.
Casey Mills and Stephanie Meyer, eighth grade teachers at H. Clark Powers received grants. Mills will spark students’ interest in reading by adding books suggested by students to his library and encouraging them to complete the 40 book challenge. Meyer anticipates using the grant for a ramp that students will use with the lunar rover they create to explain Newton’s law, graph speed and understand the forces acting on the rover.
At Placer Elementatry, kindergarten teacher Amanda Ross will purchase a microphone that she can wear around her neck and use in class for singing and talking with students as well as allow the shy chilren to use the microphone to build their confidence when speaking to groups.
Librarian, Sylvia Edmond, at Newcastle Elementary School, plans to use the grant funds to replace worn out books as well as select new appealing books that will encourage students to read.
Janine Brizendine, kindergarten teacher at Loomis Grammar School, has implemented a writer’s workshop and will purchase additional texts to excite the children about writing in addition to white boards students can use to practice handwriting. Also at Loomis Grammar School, sixth grade teacher, Susan McQueen will enable her students to practice the metric system with additional scale and calibration kits for science labs.
Karen Acosta, fifth grade teacher at Loomis Grammar School, will purchase Wobble chairs that allow active students to rock and move their feet while sitting and this continuous movement helps them focus, participate and complete assignments. Third Grade teacher at Loomis Grammar School, Julie Levens-Hupp, will either use her grant for historical costumes that children can dress up in during a biography unit or for flexible seating which research has shown helps students focus and learn.
Leslie Morgan is a middle school teacher at Penryn Elementary School and wants to purchase Lego base plates for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) projects in the school’s new makerspace.
Third grade teacher, Julie Woodward, at Franklin Elementary School, intends to use the grant to address students’ diverse learning needs by enhancing her classroom environment with standing desks. Bonnie Robinson, first grade teacher at Franklin Elementary School, has found that small collaborative groupings build a positive learning environment and will purchase a rolling television stand and portable document camera to project visual aids from anywhere in the room.
At Loomis Basin Charter School, first grade teacher Christy D’Ambrosio plans new units on space and maps, and will use the grant for new books and listening center equipment.
The Loomis Basin SI club fundraises throughout the year to support the awards program. The next fundraiser is Tostado Bingo on March 30. Tickets are $30 and available at the Loomis Chamber of Commerce, from members and by calling 916-652-7252.
About Soroptimist International Loomis Basin
Soroptimist (soroptimist.org) is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Soroptimist International of Loomis Basin is a 501(c)(3) organization.
To learn more about the club, join SI Loomis Basin for club meetings on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 at the Train Depot at Taylor Rd. and Horseshoe Bar Rd. in Loomis. Learn more at www.soroptimistloomis.com and find Soroptimist Loomis Basin on Facebook.
SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Walmart is opening the retailer’s first-ever standalone transportation office in Sacramento in a bid to recruit up to 130 experienced truck drivers for its private fleet.
The office, which opened a temporary location on April 1, will service stores and distribution centers in northern California, southern Oregon, and east to Reno, Nevada. Drivers at this location will qualify for the company’s recently announced driver pay increase. Walmart drivers can earn an average of $87,500 in their first year of employment with an all-in rate of nearly 89 cents per mile.
Walmart has more than 65 transportation offices throughout the country, but Sacramento will be the first that is not co-located with a distribution center. The permanent location will be located in the McClellan Business Park and will have a drop yard. The office will have 85 trucks and 100 trailers.
“We’re excited to open a facility in Sacramento where there is a deep pool of talented, experienced truck drivers,” said Uni Cerezo, regional transportation manager of the Sacramento transportation office. “Walmart continues to explore how we can operate more efficiently and serve our customers’ changing needs, and this office will serve an important customer market for us.”
Walmart plans to accept internal Walmart transfers and recruit externally. To qualify to drive for Walmart, a driver must have 30 months of commercial driving experience in the last three years and a clean safety record for the past three years. For details and to apply, please see www.drive4walmart.com.
Those drivers hired to staff the Sacramento transportation office will differ from others in the industry in that they will start and end their weeks in the same location and have home time each week. Other perks and benefits of driving for Walmart extend well beyond the competitive per/mile rate and activity-based pay. Some of the reasons truck drivers say they enjoy working for Walmart include:
Great benefits. Walmart drivers have access to company benefits on the first day and can earn as much as 21 days of Paid Time Off (PTO) in their first year;
Predictable home time. Walmart operates on a weekly schedule, so drivers know when they will be home and on the road. We use a bidding process two to three times a year to set their schedules, so drivers know where they stand on work-life balance;
Walmart is one of the safest fleets operating with contemporary well-maintained equipment. At Walmart our drivers drive and earn money rather than waiting for a truck to be fixed. Walmart offers quarterly safety bonuses and a safety incentive and recognition programs. The American Transportation Association has awarded Walmart the Safest Fleet in the Over 250 Million Mile Division for the past 5 consecutive years;
Transportation offices all over the country. Walmart operates more than 70 transportation offices throughout the U.S.;
No-touch freight. Walmart truck drivers don’t unload trucks;
Safe parking. Walmart drivers park in well-lit, safe parking in Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers across the country.
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - On Monday May 13th AMGEN’s blue 2019 Tour of California portal opened an adventure of a lifetime for professional cyclists into our state’s renown scenic panoramas. At roughly 89 feet of elevation, Rancho Cordova became the perfect point of departure for AMGEN’s uphill race from the countryside all the way across the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Riding a bicycle a few blocks, for many of us, is seen as an act of valor and environmental consciousness. But those who competed for close to 150 miles uphill had the real valor and the full environmental experience―not to mention the strongest legs and lungs.
Kristin Klein, President of the Amgen Tour of California said, “The 14th annual Amgen Tour of California will not disappoint. This year the riders will face the most climbing, the longest road days and arguably the most competitive field in the history of the race.”
“The riders know when they come to the Amgen Tour of California they’ll get a bit of everything…mountains, ocean breezes, lush forests, farm fields and vineyards – it’s quite a way to sightsee this beautiful state, and we’re proud to call the Amgen Tour of California an international postcard for the state.”
The starting line in Rancho Cordova for Stage 2 was lined with hundreds of local cycling enthusiasts cheering on the big race. This was a big day for the city and its residents in hosting Amgen.
Bob Stapleton, Chairman of USA Cycling said “Kristin (Klein) calls this one of America’s greatest races. I call it one of the world’s greatest races.”
“Economically this really is a Grand Tour. If you look at where the money and interest and eyeballs that support cycling come from, American companies are the number two direct sponsor of teams, and if you look at the total support, all the money, goods and services that come into cycling, United States is number one.”
Rob DeMartini, the USA Cycling President and CEO mentioned “I was immediately impressed by the depth of talent that is here at the Amgen Tour of California. I look forward to spending time with all of the American riders here and am pleased we were able to field a National Team and give our up and coming riders an opportunity to race on home soil.”
Present at the race, Mark Cavendish, of Team Dimensional Data said that with this Tour of California, ““I’ve been here many times, not just for the bike race, but for holiday and for training camps, and I always feel welcome at The Amgen Tour of California, so it’s good to be back.”
“The race has gotten harder, and the race has stepped up. As Bob (Stapleton) said, it’s one of the most important races on the calendar now, and with that comes a bigger challenge to win, and it’s good that more people are watching.”
George Bennet, Team Jumbo-Visma – “[Winning the Yellow Jersey] is the main objective. I don’t know if it’s going to be easier, but it will be a lot different than last time, without the time trial and different riders here as well. It’s going to be a challenging week.”
“The winner on (Mount) Baldy is going to get the Lexus. Mount Hamilton is hard, but it’s not like two years ago when we could light it up and survive to the finish…it all comes down to Baldy and staying out of trouble the other days.”
Richie Porte, Trek-Segafredo noted how this race is evolving. He said “A lot of ways this [The Amgen Tour of California] is leading how cycling has got to go.”
Tejay van Garderen, EF Education First Pro Cycling offered his thoughts on racing at home. “It’s always a treat to be able to come home. Now being on a truly American team coming and racing on American soil provides a different feel and a different level of motivation.”
“This race is for sure a huge target, and it’s something that our team has been talking about all spring, that we need to be ready to do well at this race” said Evan Huffman, Rally UHC Cycling on the importance of getting a good start.
Alex Hoehn, USA Cycling offered his gratitude on being able to participate. “I’m grateful to USA Cycling for giving me the opportunity to showcase my talent here at the Amgen Tour of California in front of the best teams in the world. It’s not often that a young rider like me gets to line up with some of the best in the pro peloton, and this will be an experience I will remember for the rest of my life” He said.
Rancho Cordova can be proud as a Amgen Stage 2 host city.
Sources: Marissa Mavaega, Canvasblue.com. Amgen
SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - According to the U.S. Small Business Association, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. To recognize the entrepreneurs and small businesses in the region, Sacramento County is celebrating Capital Region Small Business Week from May 5 through May 11, 2019.
Small businesses play a vital role in stimulating economic growth and creating jobs, which is why Sacramento County offers several incentives to help these businesses meet their start-up or expansion goals. The Capitol Region Small Business Week will feature a series of seven events throughout the week including:
Monday, May 6, 2019
Capital Region Small Business Week Multi-Chamber Mixer - Hosted by COWO, network with other small businesses in the Capital Region!
Event Details: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the COWO Campus, 1507 21st Street, Suite 200, Sacramento CA 95811. Participating chambers that pay $100 fee, tickets are free and all others, including non-chamber members, admission is $20. Appetizers and a drink ticket included in admission!
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
BizX: “Leading Like a Boss” – Hosted by Sacramento County, BERC, the City of Sacramento, CSUS and Uptown Studios, join entrepreneurs, small businesses, and industry leaders for storytelling designed to energize, motivate, and give you practical tips to lead business growth, talent development, and competitive advantage.
Event Details: The program will go from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Golden 1 Center. Tickets are $10.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Capital Connection - Hosted by the Capital Region SBDC, learn how to bridge that gap, and get your small business the capital you need. Come hear from and meet with banks, credit unions and other lending institutions.
Event Details: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the West Sacramento City Hall Galleria, free admission.
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Small Business Awards Lunch - The Sacramento Business Journal and U.S. Small Business Administration are hosting the annual Small Business Awards to celebrate the small businesses that drive our economy.
Event Details: 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel 2001 Point W Way, Sacramento, CA 95815. Admission is $60.
May Marketplace – Hosted by the California Capital FDC, this annual event focuses on supporting small businesses within the Capitol Region! Shop with 70 small businesses and learn about the latest products and services local vendors have to offer.
Event Details: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, free admission.
Friday, May 10, 2019
Small Business Start-Up-Guide: Things to Consider When Starting a Business – The City of Elk Grove is ready to help those looking to start a business. Come learn about business fundamentals from a panel of experts. Topics addresses include: creating a business plan, business organization structure, taxes, permits and business licensing and hiring employees.
Event Details: 9:30 – 12:00 p.m. at the Laguna Town Hall, free admission.
Mark Tank Pitch Event - HaneyBiz is hosting Friday's final event in conjunction with Placer Business Resource Center and Hackerlab. Join us for high energy networking, happy hour with plenty of food and drinks, and the opportunity to watch four startups pitch to Mark Haney, his investment team, and select angel investors at our first "Mark Tank" pitch event.
Event Details: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. workshop at Placer Business Resource Center, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. mentor sessions at HackerLab, Rocklin and 6:00 p.m. happy hour, networking and Mark Tank pitch event at HaneyBiz, free admission.
To learn more about the programs and resources available to entrepreneurs and small businesses in Sacramento County, visit the Office of Economic and Development’s website.
Star Wars-Themed Scavenger Hunt
OLD SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Located along the historic waterfront in the heart of Old Sacramento, Stage Nine Entertainment and Evangeline’s costume mansion invite the community to experience a special “May the 4th Be With You Star Wars Day” scavenger hunt on Saturday, May 4, 2019.
With fun and FREE activities available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., each location will have clues at four stations that lead participants to the next. The first part of the family-friendly scavenger hunt will start at Evangeline’s (113 K Street) which will lead guests to Stage Nine Entertainment (102 K Street).
Along the way, the experience will be complete with blue milk tasting (the galaxy’s most famous beverage), Wookie Cookie sampling, and an interactive Star Wars video game. Those who stay on target and finish – after solving all the clues – will be treated to a special password to gain them access to a Secret Rebel Base 9 room filled with Star Wars memorabilia, fan-made art, and more.
In addition to the Star Wars-themed scavenger hunt, entertaining cosplayers in Star Wars apparel will be roaming about plus an 8’ tall Star Wars TIE fighter ship will tower over K Street on the balcony above the Stage 9 Entertainment store.
All fun, FREE and appropriate for all ages, more information about the “May the 4th Be With You Star Wars Day” scavenger hunt in Old Sacramento is available at www.facebook.com/events/2658454517538765/. For more information about Stage Nine Entertainment, please call 916-447-3623 or visit www.stagenine.com; and for more information about Evangeline’s, please call 916-443-2181 or visit www.evangelines.com.
About Stage Nine Entertainment, Inc.
Focused on the world of fun, creativity, and entertainment, Stage Nine Entertainment, Inc. consists of a collection of stores and business entities based in Old Sacramento, California. The retail stores, Stage Nine Entertainment Store, G! Willikers Toy Emporium, The Vault, The Old Fashioned Candy and Confectionery Store, and California Clothiers offer the ultimate destinations for items related to pop culture, movies, television, nostalgia, animation and clothing along with thousands of other unique memorabilia items. Collectively, the retail stores carry more than 30,000 unique and nostalgic collectibles and gift items. For more information about Stage Nine Entertainment, Inc. or Stage Nine Family of Specialty Retail Stores, please call 916-447-3623 or visit www.stagenine.com.
Evangeline’s 4,800-square foot costume mansion is housed in the upper floors of two historic buildings in Old Sacramento’s historic district: The Lady Adams Building and The Howard House. Shoppers can explore and browse through various rooms filled with thousands of costumes and accessories, including the Gothic Chamber, Lab, Jungle, Saloon, Renaissance Room, Storybook Land, Disco and Circus. For more, please call 916-443-2181 or visit www.evangelines.com.
Family Activities, Stage Shows and Historical Reenactments Highlight Third California Pioneer History Day
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Before the famed California Gold Rush brought tens of thousands of gold seekers and others to Northern California, there were hundreds of pioneers who paved the way for them to arrive, already having constructed homes and businesses, started farms and even began building cities.
On Saturday, May 4, area residents can learn more about how they lived and their accomplishments during the California Pioneer History Day at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma.
This free family event features historic reenactments and displays, a parade with descendants of early California pioneers, stage shows and musical entertainment, and many activities for families and children, including a cannon that shoots candy, free wagon rides, pioneer games and children’s crafts.
“Few Californians know about the rich early history of our state,” said Michelle Jones of Placerville, who is heading the effort along with Robert and Peni Frew from Auburn. “The California Pioneer History Day will give them the opportunity to discover this inspiring heritage in a fun and interactive way.”
The event will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with the parade at 10 a.m. and an opening ceremony following. This is the third California Pioneer History Day, which is sponsored by the California Pioneer Heritage Foundation and organized by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Sacramento Valley and Sierra foothills. While the event is free, the state parking fee is $8. Food concessions will be available, or attendees can bring their own lunch.
During the Pioneer History Day, three-dozen interactive exhibits and activities organized into two “tent towns” will straddle Highway 49, the main thoroughfare into Coloma. Among the many historical exhibits are:
· The Buffalo Soldiers, an African American Army infantry unit that served in the West.
· The Pony Express, whose Western hub was Sacramento.
· Gold Rush Jewish Communities, highlighting the accomplishments of this minority group during the Gold Rush.
· Demonstrations with a sacred Indian grinding rock.
· Pioneer United Methodist Church, which had its start in Auburn in 1851.
· Chinese Cultural Club, exhibiting the culture and achievements of the many Asian men and women who traveled to the gold fields.
· The Ship Brooklyn exhibit, which recreates the cramped quarters of the Latter-day Saints who sailed in 1846 around Cape Horn to Northern California to escape religious persecution.
· Bear Flag Revolt, celebrating a small group of American settlers who, in 1846, rebelled against the Mexican government and proclaimed California an independent republic.
Tents will also feature many family-friendly activities that will give attendees a taste of pioneer life. These include:
· Brick, rope and candle making.
· Making and playing with pioneer toys.
· Pioneer doll making.
· Biscuit baking.
· Dutch oven cooking.
Among the reenactments will be cannon and musket firing, giving a detailed demonstration of how they were loaded and the safety precautions taken before firing. These will be held at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30.p.m. The Pony Express will also recreate a mail hand-off during those same times, and free wagon rides will be available from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. In addition, there will be historical demonstrations on pioneer medicine, frontier justice, blacksmithing, wood carving, and free old-time photos with pioneer garb will be available.
On the main stage will be crowd-pleasing musical acts as well as old-time stage musical shows.
The Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma features a museum and visitors center, a replica of John Sutter’s sawmill where gold was discovered in 1848, and many other buildings that recreate the town of Coloma during the Gold Rush.
It is located off Highway 49 between Auburn and Placerville; the museum address is 310 Back St., Coloma. For more information, go to www.californiapioneer.com/cphd/ or call the Gold Discovery park museum at (530) 622-3470.
It's at All About Equine’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
RANCHO MURIETA, CA (MPG) - All About Equine Animal Rescue, Inc. (AAE) is holding its sixth annual Boots and Bling fundraising event on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 3:00 pm. The public is invited to participate in event festivities, which include BBQ dinner catered by Blackjack Grill, live and silent auctions, DJ entertainment, and dancing. This year's Boots and Bling event celebrates AAE’s 10th anniversary of horse rescue, while raising funds to support AAE's horses and equine-based programs.
AAE is a volunteer-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has rescued and rehabilitated over 265 horses since 2009; more than 195 horses have been adopted into forever loving homes. AAE has hosted equine-based programs for youth and adults. AAE is honored to be a Platinum level GuideStar nonprofit, and AAE is was awarded Top-Rated Nonprofit in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 by GreatNonprofits.org.
AAE is grateful for the many sponsors that support this important fundraising evening including Horse Expo, JP Equipment Rental, Lees’ Feed & Western Store Shingle Springs, AIG, Camblin Steel Service, A&J Drywall, Faith Episcopal Church, West Coast Equine Foundation, El Dorado Community Foundation, Tailored Tree, InAlliance, and the Fulton Family, the Fawkes Family, the Benoit Family, and the Rothenberg family. Wendy Digiorno, Founder and Executive Director offers, “The fact that industry leaders continue to support this event confirms AAE’s mission and validates the hard work and dedication of our volunteers”.
General admission is $45; and event sponsorships, including tables, are still available. This is a fun and exciting event you do not want to miss. Purchase tickets early; this event sold out in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
The event will be held at Western States Horse Expo at the Murieta Equestrian Center. The address is 7200 Lone Pine Drive, Rancho Murieta, CA.
For more information or to purchase tickets please visit www.allaboutequine.org/events All About Equine Animal Rescue, Inc. (AAE) is located in El Dorado Hills, California. AAE’s mission is to rescue and rehabilitate horses and other animals, restore them to good health, and find each one a forever home.
Contact: Wendy Digiorno, (916) 520-4223, email@example.com
DMV Office serves members of the Legislature
SACRAMENTO, CA - Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) introduced Assembly Bill 862 today that would prohibit the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) from operating a secret DMV field office that only serves a select group of individuals in state government, including Members of the Legislature and their staff.
“At a time when the DMV is failing to adequately serve Californians, it is unconscionable that lawmakers tasked with keeping the department accountable do not have to wait in the same lines as the people they represent,” Kiley said. “We’ll see if there’s more interest in fixing the DMV once all California Legislators are required to endure the same experience as their constituents.”
Multiple news reports and audits in recent months have highlighted the DMV’s deficiencies, including:
Over 6-8 hours wait times in many locations; Mishandling of 23,000 voter registrations since passage of Motor Voter law; Incorrectly registering over 1,500 ineligible voters, including non-citizens; Preventing over 500 eligible voters from registering due to failure to submit paperwork on time; Employee sleeping on the job over 2,000 hours; Dozens of technology outages disabling operations for hours at a time; Failing to comply with federal law regarding Real ID identity verification; Resignation of DMV director responsible for mismanagement.
Most recently, an audit by the Department of Finance uncovered a number of concerning findings at the DMV including an outdated organizational structure, poor performing IT systems, and a failure to properly train employees to meet the needs of customers.
Assemblyman Kevin Kiley represents the 6th Assembly District, which includes the Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado County communities of Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Loomis, Orangevale, Penryn, Rocklin, Roseville, and Sheridan.
Had Expressly Stated He Wouldn't Interfere with Doctor-Patient Relationship
SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - State Senator Richard Pan, the author of SB 277, a law that requires kindergartners to get twenty-seven different doses of medication and fifteen different shots or forego a public education, has introduced SB 276, a bill that would require government permission for a doctor to opine that certain vaccines could harm a patient. This is an unprecedented and dangerous intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship, likely violates doctor's free-speech rights, and contradicts Pan's own public promises from just a few years ago.
Pan has claimed there is a problem with “medical exemptions” – i.e., official opinions by a doctor that if a child is vaccinated, that child could suffer harm. Medical exemptions are extremely rare, and doctors grant them only if a child or a family member suffers from things like a debilitating disease (such as leukemia), or if a child or a family member had a well-documented negative reaction to a vaccine or one of its ingredients. Just 0.7% of students obtain such an exemption, up from 0.2% before the passage of SB 277, a change that is not statistically significant. The total number of children exempt from the state’s vaccine requirements (i.e., including those 1.1% exempt due to disabilities) has actually dropped since the passage of SB 277, going from 2.6% to 1.9%, indicating that Pan’s plan is a solution in search of a problem.
Pan's legislation would require doctors to get permission from a government department -- the state Department of Public Health, before issuing an opinion for a patient on this issue. Such interference in the doctor-patient relationship is unprecedented, and the only analogous laws have been in state's requiring state approval of abortions -- something that has been universally deemed improper.
Pan’s planned attempt to crack down on doctors would almost certainly get in the way of a doctor making an evaluation based on empirical, scientific evidence. “Imagine being the parents of a child who the federal government concluded was injured because of a condition that made them susceptible to vaccines, and then your family doctor tells you she is too terrified to exempt your younger child from those same vaccines, because the thought police might take her license,” said Christina Hildebrand, President and Founder of A Voice for Choice Advocacy, a non-profit that advocates for medical freedom. “I can’t imagine what good would come from the government regulating a doctor’s free will to diagnose as he sees fit – it starts to resemble regulation of free speech,” Hildebrand concluded.
Pan, a politician representing the Sacramento region, is a regular beneficiary of campaign contributions from the pharmaceutical industry, averaging just shy of $100,000 from it every legislative session. He is the top recipient of such funds in the state legislature, and the pharmaceutical industry, in turn, is his largest contributor.
“Any legislation or action on behalf of drugmakers that interferes with a doctor’s individual judgment will be hotly contested,” said Hildebrand. “We cannot let government determine what is in the best interests of any individual, overriding the doctor-patient relationship. Every doctor and patient in the state should be alarmed if such action is brought forward. If this can be done with vaccinations, what medical treatment will be next? Patients need to be able to trust their doctors and not worry that they are being pressured or worried that their honest, scientifically based medical judgement will be overruled by a legislatively appointed official who has never met them.”
For more information see: WWW.AVOICEFORCHOICEADVOCACY.ORG
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) who served on the California Board of Prison Terms, the largest parole authority in the nation, from 1990 to 2007, issued the following statement:
"Victims who survive the horrific murder of child or a parent or a spouse suffer a pain that never completely goes away. When the murderer is convicted and sentenced to death, family members experience a basic sense of justice.
"Governor Newsom callously disregards the anguish of these families and rips from them any sense of justice, victimizing them all over again.
"The Governor's action today brings back the pain and agony they have been forced to endure.
"This executive order is an affront to our system of justice.
"A jury convicted these violent criminals. In some trials, 12 people spent weeks, sometimes months, of their lives reviewing witness testimony, physical and DNA evidence, and before determining beyond a reasonable doubt that these murderers committed the most heinous acts against other human beings.
"California voters have spoken loudly and clearly, as recently as 2016, that the death penalty serves as a legal and appropriate punishment for those who commit vicious, evil crimes. Special circumstances are always of the most vicious and cruel acts one human can inflict upon another.
"The Governor has the authority to delay the implementation of the law but his action is eroding faith of California voters in our democracy and our system of justice."
The Original Night Stalker, also known as the East Area Rapist, is awaiting trial for the torture, rape and murder of an estimated 63 people. These calculated crimes were so heinous that he could face the death sentence, if convicted by a jury of his peers. If convicted during Governor Newsom's term, justice would not be served for these victims and their families.
Below is a link to the Los Angeles Times' list of "the 13 men executed by California since 1978." Today, there are 737 just like them on death row.
Elected to the State Senate in January 2013, Senator Nielsen represents the Fourth Senate District, which includes the counties of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba. To contact Senator Jim Nielsen, please call him at 916-651-4004, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him @CASenatorJim.